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Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-P55A-UD6 has a trio of new improvements in the form of SATA 6.0 GB/s using a Marvell SE9128 controller for faster hard drive transfers, enhanced USB voltage capabilities and USB 3.0 support for high-speed peripherals thanks to a NEC µPD720200 controller.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 21 2010   Julian Apong  
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Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Motherboard Highlights

Let's start off by taking a quick look around the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard.


From left to right: PCI Express x1 slot, PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot with x16 bandwidth, and another PCI Express x1 slot. The next white slot is a legacy PCI slot. The light blue slot to the right of that is another PCI Express x16 slot. This is followed by the second white legacy PCI slot, and the third light blue PCI Express x16 slot, with x4 lanes of connectivity. Along the bottom edge of the motherboard are COM, FDD and firewire connectors.


In the lower left corner we find a two-digit PORT 80 display here, along with the front panel header and an EIDE controller for connecting PATA devices.


Port 80 display for troubleshooting while overclocking.


The P55 Express PCH has six 3Gb/s SATA II ports which can run in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 modes. Gigabyte adds another two 6Gb/s SATA ports to the mix which can be run in RAID 0 mode, care of the Marvell SE9128 storage controller.


Six DDR3 memory slots are available for population on the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard.


The GA-P55A-UD6 uses Intel's 1156-pin socket. This new socket requires an 1156-pin Core i5 700-series or Core i7 800-series CPU, as well as a new size-compatible cooler.

Let's see if all of these extra features have affected the GA-P55A-UD6's overclocking potential...

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P55 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  — Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Bus and IGP, BIOS screenshots
 Pg 5.  Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 11.  Conclusion: a favorite in the PCSTATS Labs

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